Posts from April 2003

Bubble boy busted

Bubble boy busted
: Frank Quattrone behind bars.

About time

About time
: I’ve been screaming for years that Take Your Daughter To Work Day is sexist. Well, it’s fixed. Thursday is take your whatever to work day. I’m taking my son.

Big blog news!

Big blog news!
: Movable Type announces its version of Blogspot (hosted blogging), Typepad. Bravo. And Movable Type announces the hiring of Anil Dash as VP of Big Stuff. Bravo II.

Sina Motallebi update:

Sina Motallebi update:
: Hoder reports:

He has a lawyer now. Association for Iranian journalists has appointed a lawyer for him.

Incoming

Incoming
: Every morning, I check out my Technorati link cosmos to find out who’s linking to me and what they’re saying. This, after all, is the true dialogue, the real community among weblogs. It’s not just in the email, it’s not just in the comments (though I love them), it’s really in the links. I’ll admit to a little snobbery: I first look at the links that come from sites that themselves have lots of incoming links; it’s link juice. But I also look at the lonely voices in the woods who have no links. A few stops on my tour this morning:

: Page 3 Girls (got your attention?) says, regarding the arrest of Sina Motallebi:

Mr. Motallebi … is in jail in Iran because he did what Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Janeane Garofalo, Michael Moore, Martin Sheen, Ed Asner, Alec Baldwin, Jane Fonda and one-third of the Dixie Chicks can do in the United States with complete freedom and protection from the law (despite their contentions to the contrary): Expressed an opinion about the government. The conditions Motallebi now endures are completely unlike those faced by anti-war protestors whose contrived acts of civil disobedience get them temporarily thrown in some local lockup.

: On the news below that his paper is going to start charging for reading Robert Fisk, Dustbury wonders:

Actually, if The Independent really wants to make some serious cash, what they should do is register Robert Fisk’s name as a trademark, and then demand royalties every time a blogger Fisks

Sina Motallebi update

Sina Motallebi update
: From Editor:Myself:

: Sina has come home with some officers. They wanted to obtain some more documents, maybe his PC, books, notes, videos, etc.

: Former deputy of Interior minister, Mostafa Tajzadeh, has condemned the arrest and said that why do they make young people angry with these kind of actions.

Mom!

Mom!
: I’m watching Madonna on MTV right now and I’m struck not by the pretentious celeb slather, not by the mediocre music, not by the religion for idiots, not even by the self-centered ego of it all. I’m struck by her age: She’s old enough to be the mother to everyone in her audience — the slutty divorced mom from down the street.

It’s turn off pretentious bores week

It’s turn off pretentious bores week
: Here are people I hate:

1. Open-mouthed chewers. I don’t need to hear you digest.

2. People who say they watch only PBS. Snobs.

3. The people behind TV Turnoff Week. So we should teach our children to turn off a source of news, information, drama, comedy, humanity, entertainment; that’s a fine lesson. Would you be offended if I suggested Shut the Books week? I’ll bet you would. But there’s just as much crap on bookshelves as on airwaves (take a look at the best-seller section and then argue with me). This is just censorship by mob: Instead of destroying the art, we try to intimidate the audience. This is patronizing, anti-populist, anti-democratic, show-off crap.

4. People who don’t wear deodorant in the summer.

5. Jacques Chirac.